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UK's first bomb-proof Sunday school opens in Northern Ireland

By Staff Reporter

A former police station in Dungiven has been given a new lease of life as a Sunday school.

Dungiven Presbyterian Church bought the three-storey fortified structure, complete with cell, for £175,000 last year.

The congregation is reported to have initially planned to use it as a car park, but then decided to keep the police station for church activities.

"This was a real fortress, up in the roof there is six inches of reinforced concrete to protect against mortar attacks," church committee member Ian Buchanan told the BBC. "The walls are three foot thick with reinforced concrete, everything is reinforced to the highest degree to make it totally bomb-proof."

He added: "I think I can safely say we have the only bomb-proof Sunday School in the whole of the UK."

The church spent more than £200,000 transforming the building which is one of a number of police stations sold off by the PSNI in recent years.

The new church building has been called "The Station" and will be opened officially later this month.

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